ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION MEMBER BENEFIT CAN HELP STORM VICTIMS PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Survivors of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South need to prepare for another threat, this one man-made: Fraudsters often target victims in the aftermath of large-scale natural disasters.
The violent storms that ravaged six states last month left thousands homeless and unable to access their personal documents. The tornadoes also scattered confidential personal information, including bank and credit card statements and social security cards. This material may have blown miles away never to be recovered. Or it may wind up on a stranger's front lawn.
Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation have free one-on-one access to a fraud specialist with Identity Theft 911. Identity Theft 911 fraud specialists have years of experience helping to protect financial, credit and identity data, while maintaining uninterrupted access to financial accounts. Experts with Identity Theft 911 can also help quickly replace important documents.
Should a member become a victim of identity theft, specialists with Identity Theft 911 can help by providing one-on-one guidance through the resolution process and minimize the damage, stress and time lost. For help, call 1-800-392-5705 Ext. 4651 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); all other times call 1-888-285-1499 or visit: www.alfafarmers-IDTheft.org for more details.
Even as survivors rebuild their lives, they face the serious danger of identity theft. Here are some steps victims can take to stay safe:
Protect important information and documents. Whether in a shelter or staying with friends and family, never lose sight of these items. They are the key to a person's identity and will be needed to prove identity.
Be proactive and check credit reports by calling 1-877-322-8228 or visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. Consider adding an initial security alert to a credit report by visiting www.experian.com/fraud/center.html or by calling 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742).
Ask the post office to hold mail until back home. This will keep thieves from finding sensitive materials left in the mailbox.